General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: To 4 feet and up
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leafless
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Cure stem segment until callused (10+ days). After potting, withhold water for two weeks.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Common names
  • Hooker's Orchid Cactus
  • Climbing Cactus
  • Nightblooming Cactus

Photo Gallery
Location: Georgia 
Date: January 17, 2022
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-09-14
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-08-12
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2015-09-30
2 blooms on September 30, 2015.
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: Oct 24, 2007 11:52 AM
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-07-17
Location: Azle, TX
Epiphyllum strictum in bloom
Photo by beckygardener
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-07-17
Location: Georgia
Date: 2022-03-21
Photo by microb
Location: Brooksville, Fla
Date: 2023-05-01
Bloomed about 9 hours.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-09-11

Date: 2018-08-31
Location: Dallas,TX
Date: 2015-06-26
Blooms at early morning
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
Date: 2018-09-21
Hooker's Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum hookeri) 3rd Blossom - 9 more
Location: JBsPlants at Roblyn Farm, New Jersey
Date: 2013-10-06
E. hookeri
  • Uploaded by JB
Location: Botanical gardens of the State of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Date: 2017-07-08
Epiphyllum hookeri Cactus 002
Location: Houston area
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2009-08-02

Date: 2020-03-31
Photo by Riverdolphin
Location: private garden
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2015-09-14
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2014-06-24
Always a delight in the garden and I never tire of good mornings
Location: My backyard
Date: August 2, 2011
Epiphyllum hookeri

Date: August 2009
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2015-09-07
Photo by Riverdolphin
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-02
Epiphyllum - Climbing Cactus Bloom 004
Photo by microb
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-11-01
3 year old plant

Date: 2018-08-11

Date: 2018-08-23
Location: Backyard 
Date: August 2009

Date: August 2, 2011
Photo by Riverdolphin
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2013-09-19
this picture shows the spent bloom still attached
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2013-09-19
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-05-14
Location: Home
Date: 2010-10-03
E. hookeri stem segments with new growth
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2010-09-13
Stem segments beginning to root
Location: Fountain, Florida
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2013-09-25
I was very surprised when the fruit turned hot pink...had no clue
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 12, 2011

Date: October 12, 2011
New leaf
  • Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Jun 8, 2013 2:04 PM concerning plant:
    I live in the Florida panhandle. We do get hard freezes in winter. Last year a leaf/branch was broken off the mother plant. I stuck it in the ground and left it over the winter. Although the part above ground died, I was very happy in spring to see that it had come back from the roots.
  • Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 4, 2011 2:03 PM concerning plant:
    My plant tends to grow like a "wild child" and looks rather homely. Its arms/leaves can be either flat or triangle shaped. It grows "air" roots and seems to do best when pot bound. When you see white showing on the bud, it most likely will bloom that night. The blooms are delecate looking and, to my nose, smell like clove. Most definitely worth getting up in the middle of the night to see and smell.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 9, 2011 7:27 AM concerning plant:
    Synonyms: Epiphyllum Strictum, Cereus Hookeri, Phyllocactus Hookeri, Epiphyllum Phyllanthus

    Epiphyllum hookeri is a climbing cactus that can reach heights of six feet or more. This plant prefers a bright shady location and well draining soil. Bloom time is usually in the summer months. After the buds begin forming, they slowly swell and turn upward. On my plant, the flowers usually begin to slowly open in late evening and are fully opened by around 10:30 - 11:00 p.m. I've read that the flowers are fragrant but I have never detected a scent when my plant is in bloom.
Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Ready to bloom by gingin May 15, 2012 2:33 PM 0
Hookers orchid by Brdlygoodwin Apr 17, 2018 10:20 AM 3

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